Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Currently, we are planning to offer the program as an in-person experience. Decisions to move the program to a virtual format offering will be made following public health guidance from the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. Rackham staff will provide timely updates on any and all changes to the program.
Entering its 35th year, the University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their field of study.
In support of Rackham Graduate School’s mission, SROP expands access and opportunity to diverse students and facilitates their preparation as a pathway to doctoral studies at U-M, resulting in increased representation.
SROP at U-M strives to increase the number of diverse students with unique experiences by supporting their preparation for graduate studies. Through intensive mentorship, active learning, and enrichment activities, SROP fosters a community of scholars who increase social and cultural capital and networking while mastering research skills and knowledge that advances their preparation as candidates for successful graduate study at U-M and success in future careers, increasing representation in professional fields.
- $4,500 stipend
- Research and graduate application mentorship by faculty and graduate students
- Networking and professional development opportunities
- Opportunity to present a research poster at SROP Research Symposium
- Room and board in university housing facilities
- Access to campus facilities such as libraries and gym
- Wireless internet and computer lab access
- Social events and exposure to U-M, the Ann Arbor campus, and U-M resources
- Community building with a national cohort of rising scholars
- Application fee waiver to apply to a Rackham Graduate School program
SROP participants are expected to participate full-time during the ten-week program. Participants may not enroll in classes, concurrent summer programs, or hold other employment during the period of the program. Program start and end dates cannot be modified.
Please read the eligibility requirements carefully, as they may differ from other Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP programs. Students from diverse backgrounds in the social sciences, physical or natural sciences, and engineering are encouraged to apply.
- Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens with DACA.
- Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
- Be entering their junior or senior year in college (at a school other than the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) and not be scheduled to graduate before December 2021.
- Have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in one of the Rackham graduate programs. Please note that this does not include programs leading to professional degrees, e.g., Medical School (M.D.), Law School (J.D.), and Ross School of Business (M.B.A.).
- Have a genuine interest in academic research and/or teaching as a career.
Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.
- Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the United States.
- Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances.
- Are first-generation U.S. citizens or will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.
Students in the humanities are encouraged to apply to the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program.
We are not able to accept students currently enrolled at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Currently enrolled UM-Ann Arbor students should contact the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) for more information on summer internships at U-M. Also, visit the Big Ten Academic Alliance website for information on SROP options at other institutions.
Students currently enrolled at UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn are encouraged to apply.
Deadline to Apply
Applications and supporting documentation must be received online by February 8, 2021, 11:59 p.m., EST. The application portal will not be available after this date.
U-M will notify applicants of acceptance into U-M SROP by email during March and April 2021. Offers of acceptance will continue until all available spots are filled.
Applicants who do not receive an offer of acceptance by email will be notified of their status in April 2021.
For Applicants Accepted as Scholars
Official acceptance agreements will be included with the pre-arrival paperwork.
Access to the 2021 Canvas Course Site and pre-arrival information sent.
Program participants accepted into the Summer Research Opportunity Program are sent access information for the scholar website and pre-arrival documents to their UMICH email address.
Pre-arrival information deadline.
Program participants must submit pre-arrival documents, including Student Participant Form, Photo, and Photo Release Form.
Travel arrangements and pre-program information.
Program participants arrange their own travel and transportation to the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Housing information and other details about campus and Ann Arbor will be provided through the online program portal. Faculty mentors may contact scholars with readings or other preparation, such as online training prior to the start of the program.
|May 31||Travel to Ann Arbor|
|June 1 to 4||Program Orientation|
|June 7||First Day of Research|
|July 30||Last Day of Research|
|Week of August 2||Research Symposium|
|August 5||Depart Ann Arbor|